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~ Wednesday, January 19, 2005
COMMON MISTAKES No 164 and No 343

Patti Smith – Chicago-born 'punk rock poet laureate' as the cliché goes, who mixed rock'n'roll, jazz improv and literature in 1970s New York. Her debut LP Horses is still highly regarded and she continues to have a successful music career with occasional tours and record releases.

Patty Smyth – vocalist who fronted the (now-reformed) theatrical rock group Scandal who had a big 1984 American hit with 'The Warrior'. 'Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough', her duet with The Eagles' Don Henley was a huge hit in the early 90s. Later married the tennis star John McEnroe.


Ritchie Valens – early rock and roller who added a Latin element to the genre. He had a big hit with the crooning rock ballad 'Donna', while the catchy B side 'La Bamba' remains his best known song. He died young, in the same plane crash which killed Buddy Holly.

Richie Havens – one of the few black singers to thrive in the early 60s Greenwich Village folk scene, Havens had a percussive, jazzy guitar style and was one of the unexpected stars of the 1969 Woodstock festival and is still a popular live performer.

Ricky Valance – Welsh singer (real name David Spencer) whose brief period of fame came with a million-selling UK Number One version of death-song 'Tell Laura I Love Her', a big enough hit to allow him to continue on the cabaret circuit for many years to come.

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